Dorothy Bryant

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Dorothy Bryant
Born 1930 (age 87–88)
San Francisco, California, United States
Died Dec 21 2017
Oakland, California
Occupation Writer, playwright
Literary movement Feminism

Dorothy Bryant (1930-2017) was an American novelist, playwright, essayist and feminist writer.

Bryant was known for her mystical, feminist and fantastic novels and plays that traverse the space between the real world and her character's inner psyche or soul. Her book The Kin of Ata are Waiting for You was described by Alice Walker as "One of my favorite books in all the world".[1]

Personal and professional life[edit]

Dorothy Bryant was born in San Francisco in 1930, second daughter of Joe and Giuditta Calvetti, both born in Balangero, a factory town near Turin, Italy, and brought to the United States as children. Bryant became the first in her family to graduate from college, and she earned her living teaching (high school and college) until 1976. She began writing in 1960 and published a dozen books of fiction and non-fiction. Her plays have been performed in the Bay Area and beyond.




  • Writing a Novel (1983)
  • Myths to Lie By (1984)
  • Literary Lynching: When Readers Censor Writers (online)


  • Dear Master (1991)
  • Tea with Mister Hardy (1992)
  • The Panel (1994)
  • Posting for Gaugain (1997)
  • The Trial of Cornelia Connelly (2003)
  • Sad But Glorious Days (2003)
  • Eros in Love (2006)


  1. ^ "Bryant". Feminist Writers. Detroit: St. James Press. 1996. p. 77. ISBN 978-1-55862-217-3.
  2. ^ Google books

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